Huskies Split in Tempe; Macon No-Hits UMKC
Feb. 15, 2008
TEMPE - The No. 15/16 (NFCA/ESPN.com) Washington Husky softball team opened the three-day Kajikawa Classic by splitting a pair of games on Friday. The Huskies opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Texas State before bouncing back for a 14-0 win over the University of Missouri-Kansas City behind a no-hitter from freshman pitcher Aleah Macon.
Washington (3-2-1) outhit Texas State, 5-4, but committed three errors in the game, two of which eventually led to the two Bobcat runs.
Senior pitcher Caitlin Noble (2-1) racked up 11 strikeouts in the game, but walked five TSU batters in seven innings of work.
Marnie Koziol led the Huskies at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Bailey Stenson, Lauren Greer and Alyson McWhether each went 1-for-3 for Washington, with McWherter scoring the Huskies lone run.
Washington wasted no time in their five-inning win over UMKC, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Huskies tacked on three more runs in the second and four in the fourth to close out the scoring.
Macon, who was making her second appearance as a Husky, was brilliant on the mound, striking out 11 and walking one to improve to 1-1 on the year.
Alicia Blake and Morgan Stuart each had home runs for the Huskies as they pounded out 14 hits in the game. Blake finished the game 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs scored, while Stuart finished 2-for-3, with a double, a two-run homer and three RBI. Blake's home run was a solo shot leading off the fourth inning.
Koziol was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI and freshman Jace Williams, who was making her first start of the season, was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
The Huskies play two more games tomorrow at the tournament, starting with a 9 a.m. game against Oklahoma State. Washington later takes on Southern Utah at 12 p.m., and closes out the tournament on Sunday against No. 3 Texas A&M at 10 a.m.